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Circular 2013-007 Guide to Cold Water Survival

This Circular highlights to latest IMO guidance for seafarers on techniques to survive in cold water and also to best assist survivors rescued from cold water.  The Guidance is valuable for all seafarers and it is recommended that all Antigua and Barbuda  ships include this guidance as part of the on board  SOLAS training manual.

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Circular 2012-013 Guidelines on Stowaways

This Circular was previously issued as 02-005-12. It is reissued without change under this new numbering scheme.  The Circular contains the current IMO guidance for owners, ship’s masters, ports and others on handling stowaway cases.  It supersedes the previous Directive on this subject which is withdrawn.

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STCW Circ 1998-001 Responsibilities of Companies

This Circular was originally published as Number 01-001-98.  It is republished with minor editorial amendments in this new numbering system.  The Circular sets out the specific responsibilities that Companies are required to address arising from the STCW Convention.

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STCW Circ 1998-003 (Revised) Authenticity of Seafarer Documents

This Circular was originally published in 1998 as 01-003-98.  It was revised in 2012 and is republished in this new numbering scheme.  It sets out the policy of ADOMS towards verification of the authenticity of seafarer’s documents and explains the responsibilities of Companies and others towards ensuring that fraudulent documents are detected and rejected.

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STCW Circ 2002-001 (revised) Control of Seafarer Docs by PSC

This Circular was originally published as 01-001-02 and revised in 2012.  It is republished under this new numbering scheme.  The Circular sets out the requirements for endorsements and other documents required by seafarers in Antigua and Barbuda ships and ensures that the national requirements (which are in line with those in STCW) are clear for Port State Control Officers.

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STCW Circ 2004-001 (Revised) Applications for Seafarer Documents

This Circular was originally published in 2004 and revised in 2012.  It is republished in this new numbering scheme.  The Circular sets out the procedures and requirements for making applications for Seafarer Documents and endorsements.

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STCW Circ 2007-002 IASS System

This Circular was originally published in 2007 as 01-002-07.  It is republished in this new numbering system.  It explains the introduction and use of the Interactive Application System for Seafarers which is used by authorised Filing Agents to submit applications for various Seafarer’s Documents.

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Circular 2013-005 Maintaining the CSR File.

This Circular replaces two previous Circulars (02-001-04 and 02-004-03) on this subject and updates the guidance for Owners, Companies, and ship’s staff on keeping the CSR record on board correctly.

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Circular 2013-006 ISPS Requirements and Guidance.

This Circular replaces three previous Circulars (02-005-03, 02-001-05 and 02-011-05 )  and consolidates the guidance in them into a single updated Circular as well as including the text of the IMO Guidance on providing access to public and other authorities in ISPS ships. (MSC.Circ.1156)

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CSR Form 2- change of CSR details

This form is to be used when any of the details contained in the ship’s CSR are to be changed.   All the data fields should be completed, but fields which are not changed should be entered as N/C.  One copy of the Form 2 is to be retained on the ship’s CSR file on board, the other is to be sent to ADOMS.  On receipt of the completed Form 2 ADOMS will issue the new CSR and when this is received on board it should be signed and dated by the Master and added to the ship’s CSR file.  The Form 2 should be retained on the file as part of the permanent record.

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CSR Form 3 (Index of changes) blank form

This form is to be used to record changes to the ship’s current CSR.  The changes should all be listed and the Form 3 listing them inserted in the CSR file where it is to remain permanently.  On recording changes on this Form, the Company or the Master should also complete a Form 2 setting out the change and place one copy of the form 2 in the CSR file as well.  Another copy of the Form 2 should be sent to ADOMS as quickly as possible for the preparation of the next original CSR.

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Application form for a Boatmaster / Engineer license.

This is the form to use when making application for a Boatmaster’s license.  It can be filled in on-screen and printed out or printed out and filled in by hand.

This application form is only used for persons wishing to operate vessels certificated under the Caribbean Small Commercial Vessel Code and requiring the qualifications mandated by that Code and has no function outside the area of application of that Code.

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Documents Checklist for Seafarer’s Document Application

This is the checklist for documents to be submitted with any application for seafarer’s documents including endorsements and seafarer’s books.

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Application for Minimum Safe Manning Document

This form should be completed by any owner or manager on applying for a Minimum Safe Manning Document as required by Regulation 14 of Chapter V of SOLAS

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IMO Principles of Safe Manning

This is the current version of the IMO’s Principles of Safe Manning.  It contains guidance on the processes required to assess the minimum safe manning for a ship.

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Circular 2013-008 Plans for the Recovery of Persons from the Water

This Circular deals with the amendments to SOLAS Chapter III made in November 2012 which require the carriage of Plans and Procedures for the Recovery of Persons from the Water. It contains guidance on the development of such plans as published by the IMO.

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Directive 03-2003 Port of Registry

This Directive establishes Saint John’s as the port of registry for Antigua and Barbuda ships.

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Circular 2014-004: Port State Control Defect Reporting

In order to improve the compliance of our vessels with International safety and environmental regulations it has been decided to bring in measures to try to more effectively utilize valuable information obtained from Port State Control Inspections.Directors Directive 001-2014 Port State Control Reporting Directive 2014 has been issued in order to
encourage better communication between all involved in safe management of our vessels.In the event of a vessel being detained it is often an indication of a breakdown in the Safety Management of the vessel to a greater or lesser extent.

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Directive 001-2014 Port State Control Reporting

This directive sets out actions and reporting requirements in the event of a Port State Control Inspection being conducted on a vessel which raises deficiencies.

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Circular 2013-003 Piracy and armed robbery

This Circular replaces Circular 02-003-01 with updated information and guidance including the current situation in the Gulf of Guinea.

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Directive 004-2013 STCW Tribunal Directive

This Directive replaces the previous Directive setting out the composition and rules of operation for a Tribunal set up under the Merchant Shipping Act provisions to deal with alleged cases of misconduct by officers holding Antigua and Barbuda endorsements.  The Directive creates a simpler mechanism for dealing with these matters.

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Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act 2006

Ths is the first amendment to the primary Merchant Shipping Act of 2006.  It makes minor changes to the main Act.

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Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping Act, 2006

This is the primary law of Antigua and Barbuda relating to the registry of ships and the maintenance of safety standards.  As primary legislation it provides the powers for the Minister to make regulations and the Director to make Directives.

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The Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2007

This ACT amends the Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping Act, 2006, so as to permit the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping to establish offices outside of Antigua and Barbuda, to allow registration for ships under construction, to establish registration fees and criteria for the refund of fees, to extend to Antigua and Barbuda the provisions of Annex VI of the International Convention to Prevent Pollution from Ships, to revise the provisions relating to births and deaths at sea and for incidental and connected purposes.

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The Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2014

This ACT amends the Antigua and Barbuda Merchant Shipping Act, 2006, in order to update the primary Merchant Shipping Legislation in line with developments at an International level. The main areas covered are;

  • The removal of the restrictions on the registration of passenger ships and high speed craft so that these vessels types can now be registered;
  • An increased choice of ports of registry for commercial and pleasure yachts plus small commercial vessels;
  • Formalization of the issuance of temporary permissions where breakdowns have occurred on board ships;
  • Implementation of Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims Convention;
  • Implementation of Ballast Water Management Convention;
  • Implementation of Anti-fouling systems Convention;
  • Implementation of Bunker Oil Civil Liability Convention;
  • Shipboard personnel definitions with special training and security training requirements as a result of the Manila amendments to the STCW Convention; and
  • Removal of ships from the register in given circumstances.
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Directive 01-2005 Ships Medical Stores (amended)

This directive has been updated to include German Medical Stores acceptance and remove Small Commercial Vessel requirements

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Circular 2010-004 Means of Embarkation and Disembarkation

The content of this Circular was originally contained in Information Letter 004-2010.  It remains important in so far as the requirements for inspection and testing of accommodation ladders and gangways is concerned and it is therefore re-published with minor editorial changes to improve clarity as Circular 2010-004.

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Circular 2016-001: Maritime Labour Convention 2006 Guidance

This Circular was previously issued as Circular 2014-003. Since that time a number of issues have been clarified so this circular has been issued to include further advice and information on a number of topics as of December, 2016.

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Circular 2016-002: Maritime Labour Convention (2006) Financial Security Requirements (Rev1)

The 2014 amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention (2006) (MLC) entered into force on 18th January, 2017 with the most significant changes being to Standard A2.5.2 –financial security in the event of abandonment of a seafarer and Standard A4.2 – financial security in case of a contractual claim which relates to death or long-term disability of seafarers due to an occupational injury, illness or hazard.

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Directive 001-2017 MLC Financial Security Directive

This Directive may be cited as the MLC (2006) 2014 Amendments, Financial Security Directive 2017 and shall come into force on 18th January 2017.

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Circular 2018-001 Magnetic Compass(es): Guidelines on Installation, Compensation and drawing up of Deviation Tables

The purpose of this Circular is to provide all ADOMS Client and Stakeholders with information on the interpretation, expectations and requirements of the Administration in respect of the installation, Compensation and drawing up of  Deviation Tables for Magnetic Compasses aboard all Antigua and Barbuda registered vessels

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Circular 2008-003 LRIT Requirements.

This Circular was first published in 2009 as 01-003-08 to highlight the requirements for the introduction of the LRIT system.  It is republished in this numbering system with minor editorial changes.

The Circular explains the application of the LRIT Requirements and the way that they will be implemented in Antigua and Barbuda.  It gives the addresses and contact details for the Authorised Testing Applications Service providers for Antigua and Barbuda ships and updates their addresses.

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Circular 2012-009 Lifting Appliances

This Circular was previously issued as  09-002-12.  It is reissued with minor editorial changes and clarifications.  It announces the Lifting Appliances Directive and sets out guidance on the requirements for inspection and testing of lifting appliances for Antigua and Barbuda ships.

 

 

 

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Directive 002-2012 : Lifting appliances

This Directive sets out the requirements for Antigua and Barbuda ships with respect to the inspection and testing of lifting appliances.

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Circular 2012-004 Maintenance and Operational Readiness of LSA

This Circular  was previously issued as 02-004-12.  It is reissued without change under this new numbering scheme.  The Circular announces amendments to Chapter II of SOLAS that come into effect in 2014 and explains the Antigua and Barbuda requirements,  It also contains the Antigua and Barbuda policy on test launching free-fall lifeboats and it contains the text of the IMO guidance on maintenance and servicing of life-saving appliances.

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Circular 2012-007 rev.1: Fall protection devices and lifeboat release systems

This Circular was previously published as Circular 02-002-2012 . This revision clarifies applicability to rescue boats and acceptable testing procedures.  The Circular sets out the changes to SOLAS Chapter III affecting lifeboat release systems that took effect from 1st January 2013.  It explains the IMO requirements on assessment of existing release systems and explains the Antigua and Barbuda policy on fitting fall preventer devices.

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Circular 2011-002 Lifejacket standards

This Circular sets out the Antigua policy on the application of LSA Code amendments covering life-jacket standards as far as existing life-jackets are concerned.  It was previously published as 02-002-11 and is reissued under this new numbering scheme with only minor editorial changes.

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Circular 2013-002(rev 3) International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage 2001

This Circular has been updated to include an application form that can be used for multiple applications and for all types of civil liability cover requiring Flag Sate certification. It also incorporates a declaration regarding MLC financial liability cover compliance which has been introduced in preparation for upcoming changes in those requirements from 18 January 2017.

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Circular 2014-005 (rev 2): International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC) 1992

This Circular has been updated to include an application form that can be used for multiple applications and for all types of civil liability cover requiring Flag Sate certification. It also incorporates a declaration regarding MLC financial liability cover compliance which has been introduced in preparation for upcoming changes in those requirements from 18 January 2017.

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Circular 2015-001 (rev 3) Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007

This Circular  outlines the position of ADOMS with respect to implementing the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007 and has been updated to include an application form that can be used for multiple applications and for all types of civil liability cover requiring Flag Sate certification. It also incorporates a declaration regarding MLC financial liability cover compliance which has been introduced in preparation for upcoming changes in those requirements from 18 January 2017.

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Directive 001-2015 Removal of Wrecks Directive

This Directive is to apply the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007, which was adopted on the 18th May, 2007 and will enter into force on the 14th April, 2015 to Antigua and Barbuda.

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Circular 2014-006 : 2015 Amendments to the ISM Code

The purpose of this Circular is to provide information and guidance to the owners,managers, Company Designated Persons Ashore and Masters of Antigua and Barbuda
flagged ships, concerning amendments of the International Safety Management Code (ISM). Which come into force on 1 January 2015. These amendments are essentially
clarifications of what has been best practice for many years. It is important that companies ensure that their vessels operate effective safety management systems as
doing so ultimately benefits both their shareholders and seafarers in many ways.

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Directive 03-2002 ISM Code

This Directive implements the requirements of the ISM Code as mandatory for Antigua and Barbuda ships.

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Circular 2018-002 Amendment to MARPOL ANNEX V: New regulations for Garbage Management Documentation (Garbage Record Book)

The purpose of this Circular is to provide all ADOMS clients and Stakeholders with information on the interpretation, expectations and requirements of the Administration in respect of the new regulations on garbage record books and record keeping.

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Circular 2014-001 MARPOL ANNEX V Update – Garbage

This Circular replaces Circular 2012-005 which highlighted the major changes that took effect to MARPOL Annex V (Garbage) from 1st January 2013 and it contains further outlines of those changes as well as the further ammendments to the guidelines which took place in 2013, and also includes the text of the IMO Guidelines on preparing Garbage Management Plans.

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Circular 2012-011 Maintenance of Fire Fighting Equipment

This Circular sets out the content of the IMO guidance on inspection, servicing and maintenance of fire fighting equipment and systems in ships.  The guidance supersedes that issued previously and takes effect from 1st May 2013.   The text of the IMO guidance is attached to the Circular.

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Circular 2013-009 SOLAS Amendments Affecting Fireman’s Outfits.

This Circular deals with the amendments to Chapter II-2; regulations 10 and 15 of SOLAS which were adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee in November 2012.  Some of the requirements come into force on 1st July 2014. The changes require two two-way radiotelephone apparatus to be supplied with fireman’s outfits in new ships from 1st July 2014 and in existing ships from 1st July 2018, and for provision to be made for extra breathing apparatus cylinders to be provided for drills or for a re-charging facility to be provided.  This requirement applies from 1st July 2014.

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Directive 003-2012 : Familiarisation Information for Officers

This Directive establishes the Senior Officer’s handbook (See other Information) as the source document for senior officers to become familiar with essential administrative requirements for Antigua and Barbuda ships.

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Form FO-C13 Declaration of Familiarisation for Senior Officers

This is the current version of the Declaration that requires to be signed by all senior officers as a part of their application for an Antigua and Barbuda endorsement.  The Declaration confirms that the applicant is familiar with the Senior Officer’s Handbook which sets out the essential aspects of Antigua and Barbuda law and practice that senior officers need to be familiar with.

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Senior Officer’s Handbook

This is the essential guide to Antigua and Barbuda requirements for Senior Officers serving in Antigua and Barbuda ships.  It contains the key information needed to meet the requirements of Regulation I/10.2 of STCW for officers at the management level under II/2, III/2 III/3 or VII/1  who must  “have an appropriate knowledge of the marine legislation of the administration…”    Senior officers applying for  Antigua and Barbuda endorsements are required to read this guide, and to sign a declaration that they have done so as a part of their application for an endorsement.   It is also recommended that senior officers keep this guide as a ready reference when serving in an Antigua and Barbuda ship.

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Circular 2012-012 EPIRB maintenance and registry

This Circular was previously published as 02-006-12.  It is reissued without change under the new numbering scheme.  It sets out the IMO requirements for inspection and testing of EPIRBS and it also explains the Antigua and Barbuda policy on EPIRB registry and the system that has been introduced for registration of EPIRBS fitted in A&B ships and contains instructions on how owners and managers may register their EPIRBS directly in the international system.

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Circular 2012-003 SEEMP and IEEC requirements (Rev 1)

This Circular was previously issued as 03-001-12.  It announces the amended requirements for MARPOL Annex VI and the introduction of the Ships Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP)  and explains the Antigua and Barbuda policy on this as well as including the text of the IMO guidelines on preparing SEEMPs. The Circular is re-issued in May 2013 with a minor correction to take account of a clarifying interpretation on the timing of SEEMP verifications  issued by the IMO in October 2012.

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Circular 2013-004 (rev 2) ADOMS Emergency Contact Arrangements and Out of hours service

This Circular contains the details and numbers for reaching ADOMS outside office hours in cases where it is essential that contact is established with the Administration.

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Circular 2012-006 ECDIS and Electronic publications (revised)

This Circular was previously published as  02-003-12.  It was re-published in December 2012 under this numbering scheme with minor editorial changes and clarifications.  It sets out the IMO requirements for mandatory fitting of ECDIS and it explains the Antigua and Barbuda policy on training for ECDIS and on carriage of electronic publications.

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Directive 002-2005 Drinking Water Standards (amended)

This Directive was first issued in 2005 and sets out the requirements for annual testing of ship’s drinking water.  It is amended in 2013 to include more clarity on standards, methods of sampling, and an allowance for self-testing provided the testing regime is more frequent.

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Advisory Notice to Pleasure Yacht cruising permit

This is an advisory note issued with the cruising permit. It is required to be signed by the Master/Owner/Operator to confirm compliance with the small craft safety standards

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Code of Safety for Small Commercial Vessels – SCV Code 2017

This is the 2017 version of the Small Commercial Vessel Code that applies to vessels operating commercially, trading in the Caribbean Trading Area (which includes Antigua and Barbuda waters), which are 5 metres or more in length overall and less than 24 metres in length (L) and which, if carrying more than 12 passengers, operate within 20 miles of the nearest harbour or safe refuge, carry not more than 150 passengers and where overnight accommodation is provided, not more than 50 passengers overnight.

The Code has been updated and rearranged to take into account legislative changes that have occurred in recent years and also operational experience that has been gained with the application of the 2014 version of the code.

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Code of Safety for Small Pleasure Craft – SCC Code 2017

This is the 2017 version of the Small Craft Control Code that applies to all pleasure craft  operating in Antigua and Barbuda waters of less than 24 metres in length, whether non self-propelled, power driven,maneuvered by oars, or poles, or under sail. It also includes commercial vessels of less than 5 metres in length..

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Directive 002-2013 Crew Accommodation

This Directive replaces the previous Directive on this subject.  It applies the requirements of the ILO conventions 92 and 133 to Antigua and Barbuda ships in the same way as the previous Directive, but it adds in a requirement to carry certification to show that the accommodation complies and it includes a general exemption from the multiple messrooms requirement in ILO 92.

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Circular 2014-002 CARRIAGE AND TESTING OF IRON ORE FINES

The Maritime Administration of Antigua and Barbuda has decided to follow the recommendation of the Maritime Safety Committee of IMO to adopt early implementation of draft amendments to the IMSBC Code related to the carriage and testing of Iron Ore Fines. Full information on this recommendation is contained in DSC.1/Circ.71 which was issued on 15 November 2013 and for easy reference is annexed to this circular.

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Circular 2013-002(rev 3) International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage 2001

This Circular has been updated to include an application form that can be used for multiple applications and for all types of civil liability cover requiring Flag Sate certification. It also incorporates a declaration regarding MLC financial liability cover compliance which has been introduced in preparation for upcoming changes in those requirements from 18 January 2017.

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Circular 2011-001(rev1) Bridge Navigational Watch Alarm Systems (BNWAS)

This Circular sets out the position of ADOMS in so far as any delay in fitting of BNWAS may
be considered.

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Directive 01-2003 Anti Fouling Systems Directive

This Directive implements the AFS Convention (Anti-Fouling Systems) for Antigua and Barbuda ships.

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Directive 004-2012 Fitness for Duty and Watchkeeping

This Directive makes mandatory the 2010 amendments to STCW on alcohol limits  for Antigua and Barbuda ships and sets out the requirements for watchkeeping and lookout arrangements in accordance with STCW.

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Circular 2012-008 MARPOL Annex VI Records

This Circular was previously published as  03-003-12. It is reissued without change in the new numbering scheme.  It sets out the 2010 changes to Annex VI of MARPOL and clarifies the recording and record keeping requirements in the Annex as far as fuel changeover records  and Ozone Depleting Substances logs are concerned where the Convention says “as required by the administration”.

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Circular 2012-002 (Ver 2) Reporting of Accidents

This Circular was previously published as Circular 02-001-2012. It is republished with minor amendments in this numbering format. It sets out the steps and actions that should be taken in Antigua and Barbuda ships in so far as defining reportable incidents and making reports

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Directive 001-2012 : Accident reporting

This Directive sets out the requirements for reporting of accidents and other incidents occurring in Antigua and Barbuda ships.